Sheer clamp size & wood

Posted by Darren on Dec 16, 2007


I am in the early stages of building a CLC 17. Just successfully scarfed the ply together and lofted, laying out the panel shapes this week :-)

I'll need to attach the sheer clamps soon. Cedar or similar is recommended, but I have access to ready-milled "Tasmanian Oak", a local eucalyptus hardwood. It's a fairy strong, straight-grained timber, but heavier than western red cedar (about twice the weight).

So, is it possible to use this timber, but perhaps a smaller dimension (adjusting nailing pints, etc as appropriate)? Ar the actual dimensions (width/thickness) absolutely critical?

Interested in opinions (particularly those form Australia who know Tassie Oak).

Thanks, Darren

Melbourne, Australia